Latest CNNGo.com "Say What? with mrbrown" column: Car wash, abalone and cheap fuel: One night in Johor Bahru
One of the things my mates and I like to do is to pop over to Johor Bahru (JB) in Malaysia for some good and cheap food. And petrol, and car wash, and groceries.
We wanted to avoid the traffic jam that is bound to happen if we tried to drive across the Causeway any earlier. So one recent Friday night, we decided to do a midnight run.
Yes, we were going to enter Cowboy Town in the dead of night.
You see, to Singaporeans, JB was a town rife with crime and car-jacking. Sure it is great to shop in a place where your Singapore dollar is worth 2.2 of their ringgit but we all hear stories of people getting their cars stolen and folks getting mugged, especially at night.
The words of my mother, a veteran of JB shopping (she does her grocery shopping there every other week), echoed in my mind: "Don't go to JB at night! It is not safe!" (cont'd)